Buying

Welcome to the Buying section. Here you will find articles about how to buy a home, first-time home buyers, the cost of buying a home and much more.

New or used: What type of home is right for you?

New or used? This is a question people always ask themselves when thinking of buying a home. Generally speaking, the major advantages of getting a new home built are the disadvantages of buying an existing home, and vice versa. It’s … Continue reading

Make an offer to purchase in 10 easy steps

You’ve found your dream home and you’re ready to buy! Here’s how to make a formal offer to purchase to the owner in a few simple steps. “There’s nothing very complicated about buying a property,” says Martin Desfossés, real estate … Continue reading

Understanding the “72-hour clause” in the offer to purchase

When your buyer is a homeowner wanting to buy a new home, that buyer will make the offer to purchase conditional on the sale of their existing property. It’s important to understand that, as long as the conditions of that … Continue reading

Buying a property in Quebec in 5 steps

The steps to becoming a homeowner are not the same everywhere you go. Just within Canadian borders, these steps vary from one province to the next. Let’s go over the main steps people looking to purchase a property in Quebec … Continue reading

Become a moving pro

The best way to have your moving day go smoothly is to be well-prepared. Turn a stressful, tiring day into a productive one with these tips. They will help you work efficiently and get settled into your new home as … Continue reading

20 questions to ask homeowners

Homeowners know their house best. To make sure that a property really meets your needs and is in good condition, you should feel free to ask the owners certain questions. “Several of the answers may already be in the listing, … Continue reading

3 recurrent conditions in an offer to purchase

There are a number of common conditions in an offer to purchase a property that must be adhered to, whether you’re buying a house or a condo. Until each and every one of those conditions has been met (and in … Continue reading

5 tips for visiting a home efficiently

Visiting a home is a natural step in the process of buying a property. Not only do you have to check whether it’s in good condition, but you also have to determine whether it meets your needs. “Don’t forget that … Continue reading

Going from renter to homeowner: How much does it cost?

Have you outgrown your apartment? Becoming a homeowner might be the solution. But you should be aware that this change will require a certain investment. “Before starting to look for your dream property or thinking about a possession date, you’re … Continue reading

Establishing the value of a house without a municipal assessment

It may be tempting—for buyers and sellers—to use the municipal assessment to judge a property’s asking price. But in reality, this information is only useful to determine the amount of municipal tax that the future owner will have to pay. … Continue reading